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Doobie Brothers

When you're in a band that tours as much as the Doobie Brothers tour, your family on the road becomes as close (and at times as dysfunctional) as your family at home. The bonds we forge are often as close as any we'll ever make in our lives. Now, looking back on my life in this business, I can clearly see the genuine friends that I've been fortunate enough to share this rare experience with. While we might not always see eye to eye, behaving very much like brothers do I suppose, at the end of the day we are family. So again too soon, I say goodbye to another one of our family members, Michael Hossack - a big man with a gruff exterior that could never quite camouflage an even bigger heart. Your friendship and musicianship was a great gift. We will all miss you Big Mike - much love brother.

Manson Girls

The "Manson Girls" movie steams forward, albeit with a few pauses to accommodate the schedules of the various talent involved.
The production company, in association with Robo Records, has created a song writing contest - entries to be reviewed by John McFee and myself as well as Robo Records director, Rob Christie and Manson Girls director, Susanna Lo.
First prize is, and I quote, "Your original song will be recorded and produced by living legend music veterans Guy Allison and John McFee of The Doobie Brothers and put on the Manson Girls soundtrack, recorded on Robo Records a subsidiary of UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP."
"Living legends music veterans" huh... I'm sure they're referring to Mr. McFee there!
Nonetheless, this sounds like my kinda fun.
Please check the web link for all the pertinent info.

http://mansongirlscontest.com/Home_Page.php

Unruly Child

When Frontiers Records asked Bruce Gowdy (who subsequently asked me) if he thought the original Unruly Child could get back into the studio and write and record another album, my reaction was a deadpan "...really???". At that time - Bruce and I hadn't tried to write anything in that style for at least 7 years and Unruly Child (in it's original incarnation) hadn't been creative together since 1992. But we said, "why not - we did it before, we can do it again".
Turns out we were right about that. Worlds Collide was received by the public and the internet press "en masse" as an amazing comeback album. It was actually even voted in the top 3 best "melodic rock" records of 2011, with the single "Very First Time" voted number 1 for the year. Not bad for an unplanned attempt at "giving it a go".
Because of that album, we started working together again - and Bruce, Marcie and I realized that we could still be creative, all these years later. We've continued testing the waters, recently, on some new material. I'm not saying exactly where this is going right now - but I'm really liking the direction.

To borrow a quote from Jimmy Page...

"... we kept moving forward and didn't try to recreate the past .. the approach to each album was radically different every time. Many bands would have some success and, because they were locked into having a single - something we didn't have to worry about - they had to make sure there was something similar on the next album ... that was never the idea with Led Zeppelin .. the goal was to keep that spark of spontaneity at all times ..."